The VIPER Team

VIPER Consulting exists to help others.  Our partners started this company because they wanted to share information that could potentially save lives.  Their passion is evident in every VIPER solution, and we are excited to share that passion with you.

Our Team

Bob Blakley

Bob Blakley

Bob is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has spent his entire adult life in service to others.  Upon leaving the Marines, Bob entered law enforcement and has served in that capacity for the last two decades.  Bob's experience in law enforcement has spanned all facets of the profession, to include:  Civil Disturbance Unit, Tactical Team (SWAT), Criminal Patrol, Crash Reconstruction, Investigations, Internal Affairs, Major Crimes Detective Supervisor, Operations Supervisor, Information Technology Commander, Distrcit Station Commander, Motorcycle Operator, Traffic Safety Division Commander, and Incident Commander.  Bob is also well versed on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Framework, and  serves on a Type III Incident Management Team, capable of deploying and managing large-scale incidents around the globe.


Bob has a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management, with a minor in Leadership, from the University of Richmond.  Bob also holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, where he also serves as an adjunct professor.  Bob has years of experience teaching a variety of topics from leadership to criminal justice in many different settings.  Bob specializes in leadership development and works with customers to deploy solutions that become part of an organization's culture.  Bob's entire career has been devoted to making our communities safer, and this passion is what led to the creation of VIPER Consulting.  


Shawn Martin

Shawn has dedicated his life to public service, spending the last 30 years working in service of others. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Shawn also served nearly 20 years volunteering as a firefighter / paramedic in Virginia.  For the past 23 years, Shawn has worked for one of the country’s largest police agencies, where he currently is serving as a police commander. During his law enforcement career Shawn has served in a variety of roles, including:  Patrol Officer, Field Training Instructor, Civil Disturbance Unit, Bike Patrol, Helicopter Flight Officer, Tactical Paramedic, Motorcycle Officer / Supervisor, K9 Handler / Supervisor, Tactical K9 Handler, Assistant District Commander, District Commander, and Staff Duty Officer.  

Shawn is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s 79th Command Officer Development School.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business Administration, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Public Administration, from the prestigious Liberty University.

Shawn has spent years teaching military, Fire/EMS, and law enforcement personnel a variety of topics.  He specializes in teaching all topics in support of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and currently serves on a Type III Incident Management Team, which is always prepared to deploy to disasters and other large incidents around the world.  


Matt Owens

Since the time he entered the workforce as a young adult, Matt has committed his life to serving and assisting others.  As a high school student, he assisted his local police department at community events, and later turned his interests into an accomplished career in law enforcement. Matt’s law enforcement career includes experience in a variety of assignments, including Patrol Officer, Neighborhood Patrol Unit, Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section, Patrol Supervisor, Internal Affairs Investigator, Liaison Commander with the Emergency Call Center and Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Crisis & Hostage Negotiations Commander, District Station Commander, and Commander of Planning and Bureau.  As the Planning and Research Commander, Matt was responsible for leading a variety of department programs and entities, including the Community Outreach Program, Legislative Liaison efforts, Mental Diversion Programs, the Crime Analysis Unit, Strategic Planning, and Continuity of Operations planning.

Matt has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Liberty University, and has dedicated himself to advanced training in the law enforcement field.  He has spent several years teaching a variety of criminal justice topics, including leadership at the individual, group and organizational levels, and the Records Management System for his agency.  It is Matt’s passion for assisting and protecting others that led to being a co-creator of VIPER Consulting.